Archaeology and ancient history

What is archaeology and ancient history?

The major in Archaeology and Ancient history at Monash focuses on the ancient Mediterranean world and Indigenous Australia. You’ll examine material remains– such as ancient settlements, monuments, art and objects – as well as historical texts to understand how ancient communities were organised, how people lived and what they believed.

Why study archaeology and ancient history?

You’ll learn about the first Australians and how their past contributes to our nation’s enduring heritage. You’ll investigate how the Mediterranean and Ancient Near East served as the birthplace of many of the ideas that shaped modern cultures around the world. By studying the past, you will gain a deeper understanding of the world we live in today.

Major Focus by location
Focus Locations

This area of study is offered in the following courses or can be taken where you have 8 free electives. To see if you can take this area of study within a double degree select from the course offering below.

What a week: Archaeology and ancient history

In our Monash Arts 'What a Week' series, two year 12 students hear from an industry practitioner about where an Archaeology and ancient history major can take them.

Career options

  • Archaeologist
  • Heritage management
  • Conservation
  • Research
  • Media consultant
  • Tourism
  • Museum/gallery curating

Overseas opportunities

The Centre for Ancient Cultures participates in a number of archaeological research projects about the ancient world from Amarna, Egypt to Pasargadae, Iran.